The PRC’s J-20 “5th Generation” stealth fighter needs to get its boogie on, if it’s going to be operationally effective according to the crew at Aviation Leak:
China’s newest combat aircraft prototype, the J-20, will require an intense development program if it is going to catch up with fast-moving anti-stealth advances.
In fact, anti-stealth will bring into question all stealth designs: How much invulnerability will current low-observability techniques offer as air defense systems adopt larger and more powerful active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radars? From the early days of AESA development, a key goal was to build a radar that could detect very small objects—such as a cruise missile at a distance great enough to target and shoot it down—or a larger object like a fighter with a very low-observable treatment.
It’s the classic tale: Capability, counter-capability, counter-counter capability.